SummerStage returns to New York City in sparks after a 2 year hiatus with a full season of shows. The Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage will celebrate New York’s revival and the festival’s return to 12 local community parks across the city celebrating culture at a time when neighborhood parks have never been more crucial to the city’s wellbeing.
NYC’s beloved outdoor performing arts festival returns with nearly 90 free and benefit shows to Central Park and 12 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs.
Citywide parks and venues hosting SummerStage this season include Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, Von King Park and The Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, Crotona Park in the Bronx, Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island, as well as the newly refurbished SummerStage flagship venue at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. All performances will be free and open to the public, except for benefit concerts, and select shows will also be live-streamed on SummerStageAnywhere.org. A digital season brochure is available now at the SummerStage website.
“Parks have always been neighborhood gathering spaces, but the pandemic brought to light just how absolutely critical parks are to our city’s health. We are thrilled to be able to bring neighbors together in their parks to enjoy a diverse, representative line-up that is reflective of our city’s rich cultural fabric.” – Heather Lubov, City Parks Foundation’s Executive Director.
The LineUp In Sparks
The season will once again showcase established and emerging artists, presenting distinctly New York genres including salsa, jazz, hip-hop, indie rock, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, pop, global, contemporary dance, and many more.
Opening the season on Saturday, June 11 in Central Park will be a free performance from legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock with Keyon Harrold opening in association with the Blue Note Jazz Festival.
This year’s lineup represents a diversity of talent and international flavor that SummerStage is known for. Francophiles will say merci for the return of the annual Fête de la Musique on June 21. Headlining that lineup in Central Park is French hip hop icon MC Solaar. Brazilian music fans can enjoy the high-energy modern Carnaval stylings of Monobloco with Trinbagonian Nailah Blackman and Batalá on June 26 in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and an exciting K-Pop lineup of Brave Girls, Golden Child and AleXa in association with Korean Culture Center New York at Central Park on July 10. Plus much more.
The Benefit Shows
The 2022 SummerStage festival will also feature benefit shows in Central Park to help support City Parks Foundation’s free performances. Confirmed shows on sale now include American rock band Modest Mouse with indie rock band The Cribs on June 8 and 9; Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown with funk, hip-hop group Tank and the Bangas, rapper Big Freedia, percussionist Cyril Neville and others on June 13; American musician and bandleader George Clinton & his collective Parliament Funkadelic with rock band Dopapod and soul music band Pimps of Joytime on June 15; Scottish indie rock band Belle & Sebastian with Los Bitchos on June 16; pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer and neo-soul band Fitz and The Tantrums on August 4; The Wild Hearts Tour with indie rock vocalist Sharon Van Etten, indie-folk, singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, and singer and multiinstrumentalist Julien Baker on August 20 and 21. Benefit concerts are produced by The Bowery Presents; Blue Note Jazz Festival is producing the George Clinton performances. More benefit shows will be announced throughout the season.
Welcome back SummerStage NYC! New York has missed you as have we. The beloved outdoor festival is a vital luxury to the city that once never slept. Their return this summer with an explosive and diverse lineup representing multiple disciplines and cultures in the performing arts will be an exciting and integral part of the continued revival of New York City. A must for tourists and residents alike. — Abbe is Socially Sparked® . Tweet us @sosparkednews & @asparks01